Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall | December 2016


December 8, 2016 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia has announced it is voluntarily recalling two of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

What’s Being Recalled?

Blue Ridge Beef Dog Food Recall

Blue Ridge Beef Cat Food Recall

The affected products are sold in 2 pound chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

  • Lot #mfd ga8516
    Beef for dogs
    UPC code 8542980011009
  • Lot #mfd ga81216
    Kitten grind
    UPC code 854298001016

Where Was It Sold?

The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product.

There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and/or Listeria should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody disarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider. Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.

What Caused the Recall?

This recall was initiated after the FDA received two complaints associated with these products, including one complaint of two kitten illnesses and one complaint of a puppy death.

Subsequent testing by the FDA of a 2 pound chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of beef for dogs or kitten grind are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at [email protected]

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Lisa

    Had a friend buy me six 2 lb pkgs of ground chicken & bone. I’ve been buying this product for quite a while. This is just weird, doesn’t even hold together like meat. It’s crumbly and my dog won’t eat it. I called the number on the package (a North Carolina #), and it’s connected to a fax machine. Tried to connect to their website and got “Sorry, this site is NOT available.” Unfortunately, the store where I bought it is not the easiest place to deal with, and my friend lost the receipt, so I might be stuck with a bunch of garbage product. So what’s up with this company? Out of business? Or operating on the DL?

  • Harry

    Thanks – I missed it.

  • Janeen t

    Wow you don’t mess around. That’s awesome you are such a good mommy 🙂
    I didn’t know about using pepper to activate the Tummeric, interesting. I too use ginger especially because of being on chemo to keep his belly calm and it does have lots of wonders.
    As far as the veggies and mixing together I do it seperate and try to watch over cooking because I have read and been told that just like when we cook ours you can take away the good vits and good benefits.( I wonder how true that really is though) ?
    I’m gonna try your recipe thanks so much for so much info I know my baby will be over the moon with that too 🙂

  • Lorraine Hunt

    I cook for my boy too but I also mix in dry.
    I cook ground chicken and 1 lb each of turkey and chicken, 2 containers of livers and 1 pc. gizzard (a holistic vet told me to add the organ meat and my son is allergic to beef so I have to use chicken) I then slightly over cook 2 cups of brown and 1/2 cup of white rice, 2 cups each of cooked lentils, frozen pea, baked yams, and thin sliced baby carrots, 1 cup broccoli and a 1/2 bag of frozen chopped spinich. The herbs I add are 1 1/2 tablespoons of herbs I use tummeric, basil, parsley, fresh chopped ginger and crushed pepper. But I wonder if I should then cook it all together to make it more mushy like the can food they sale in the story.

    Tummeric needs pepper to activate it I’ve been told and the crushed peppers are good for arthritis and joint health. The ginger is good for digestion.

    I cook everything separately (well kinda the chicken and turkey together, the livers and gizzard together), the yams I steam in the microwave and I cook up a large bag of lentils and freeze them in 2 cup bags.

    I have been feeding him Fromm White Fish and Potato for his dry.

  • Lorraine Hunt

    Yeah it’s in the first sentence! Eastonon, Georgia!

  • Ruth McCassie

    of course humans keep taking over the dog freezers..grrrrrrrrrr

  • Ruth McCassie

    I know you said you cant “make” raw..I actually do more whole stuff and dont use much ground other then to put their supplements in or to get beef in them.. so dont let not being able to “make” it shy you away..without freezer space it would be harder to stock up on deals but you’d just have to buy it fresh each week..sometimes I see people making raw harder then it needs to be and other times I see them not supplementing or balancing it enough and then their dog doesnt thrive..but it sounds like your rottie is doing well with the mixture..we have 3 dogs and 3 freezers to get the bulk deals..couldnt afford it otherwise..

  • Robin Duffey

    Me too!

  • Robin Duffey

    I hear you Karen, If you read my original post I didn’t attack Blue Ridge, only suggested another alternative. I would imagine most companies have had recalls at one time or another. Human foods have been recalled often. It is purely a warning to consumers and they correct the problem. As I said before in my comments if I had the room I would start making my own raw food again. Never ever had a dog get sick when feeding raw, nor feeding Acana or Orijen, which is grain free and has maintained my rottweiler as if feeding all raw.

  • Robin Duffey

    I had to stop the all raw diet because I went through a divorce and now live in an apartment with only a small refrigerator and freezer. I don’t have room for my stand up freezer so had to sell it. As I said I do feed raw in addition to the Acana or Orijen. I also make my own treats, beef heart and liver etc,.. When I did feed raw I made my own, which included chopping and freezing, then through the meat grinder. A Lot of work but really worth it. Believe me I wish I could still make my own.

  • Karen

    Both Orijen and Acana had a recall a few years ago so I certainly wouldn’t buy their products or suggest that anyone else buy them. I have been buying Blue Ridge Beef Kitten Grind for over 2 decades and I have never had any problems with my kittens or cats. I am still feeding it to my 28 pound Ragamuffin now. She loves it and stands at the refrigerator door and cries for it and since it keeps her from being overweight she gets it 3 times a day with can food and vitamins mixed in with it and I also keep a bowl of Fromm dry cat food out for her. She is 8 years old and my vet says she is in perfect health.

  • Jim Kovalsky

    That is not true. We use UPC barcodes, not EAN.

  • Louise Rivera

    How BIZARRE is it that these companies charge BIG BUCKS for their “wonderful” products, and yet, it seems that the Fanciest of these companies, (meaning the ones whom charge the most for their product) have RECURRENT recalls????
    What does this say to the public???? THE COMPANIES whom charge the MOST for their products, MOST often end up in the RECALL LIST!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    If I fed kibble, it would be Acana all the way. I feed raw but only from companies that list their sources, as well as local farmers who have good practices–as well as an abundance of “undesirables” (hearts, livers, etc) that they will sell dirt cheap (or give away if they have a large quantity!)

  • Robin Duffey

    Yes I agree with you recommending Orijen and also the sister food Acana. The best on the market as far as I’m concerned. Worth every penny! I do still feed some raw, but can’t make my own anymore as I live in an apt now. Still use veggie slop, fruits, liver, beef heart and raw meaty bones.

  • Robin Duffey

    I used to feed raw, and still do to an extent, but have to use dry as well. Acana and Orijen are the best on the market and based on the raw diet.

  • Robin Duffey

    Acana and their sister brand Orijen have websites. One plant is in Canada, and a newer one in the US. I’ve had excellent results with this food and there is great info and resources provided. Look for the company on the dog food bag information.

  • Ruth McCassie

    That’s sad you stopped raw. I only feed this food a few times a week otherwise I feed whole stuff like chickens etc. i have different sources. I don’t trust dry at all. If I we’re to feed it I’d feed Origen

  • One Summer Dream

    Try this raw resource yet?

  • Anonymous

    My issue is with the lack of information on where the meat is actually sourced from. “Sourced from local farms” doesn’t cut it for me anymore than Petland telling it’s clients that the puppies they pedal come from “local breeders.” Give me names and/or websites of where the food actually comes from.

  • I agree. However, if you click on the link to the FDA bulletin (in the first paragraph of this article), please notice that the photos and the lot information agree the the information in the same report.

    Sometimes, the FDA will modify its announcement after it is released. Check back soon.

  • Len C

    Could be distribution issue possibly frozen, thawed then refrozen. When I first started using I was pleased and so were the Siberians but then things started to go down hill quickly. It wasn’t just a one time issue but after the 3rd or 4th time it scared me off the raw diet idea all together. Good luck with Blue Ridge and keep the pups healthy.

  • Ruth McCassie

    I buy there products and I find the quality very good..never have I had anything smell bad..Im in mass so maybe its a distribution problem in your area and the way it is handled after it leaves the manufacturer.

  • Crazy4cats

    Contact the company. There is an email provided. I hope your pet/s don’t get sick!

  • bgjdavid

    This is absolutely confusing. It shows the photo of the beef with a UPC code 85429800100 but the identifying UPC code as stated is 8542980011009. So which one is it? I have the one as shown in the photo.

  • Harry

    They don’t say where the product was manufactures! Does anyone know?

  • Janeen t

    This is so sad. Our poor babies are dying because these people just don’t care and just want to make money.
    It’s no shock that so many animals are dying of cancer or this more so then ever before.
    My poor baby has cancer and I have completely changed his diet. My heart feels a big source of it is the food we feed them unforn on top of The genetics.
    I make him chicken in the crock pot with termeric and dehydrated veggies (broc,kale,celery, blueberries, cranberries, much more) and either mung beans or Quinoa.
    I’m so grateful for these updates and everyone’s comments.

  • nugirl

    Never buy dog food that’s UPC code does not start with a 0. The 0 insures that it is made in the USA with American (or Canadian) products…and with high standards.Do the research.You do it for your children. Your pets are your family too.

  • DShader

    Too bad pets have to die or get sick before people are notified. The factories that produce these products should have a final inspection proving their products are safe before they enter the food chain. Too little too late!! Just throw it out or take it back for a refund?? Really where’s the compensation for the inconvenience, the threat to the pet, and neglect for selling tainted food.

  • Len C

    I made the mistake of buying Blue Ridge products a couple years ago. The stuff was disgusting, either it smelled really bad or I was having to separate chunks of it to make sure there weren’t pieces of black plastic bags mixed in. I really wanted to feed my Siberians a raw diet but that just completely turned me off to the idea.

  • LadyGamer

    Totally agree, i check every email i get from them to make sure my dogs food is not on recall.

  • Tracey

    Thank God none of the food I feed my dogs/cats ever has been recalled, honest kitchen grain free